Teapoets are returning on September 10th!

We here at Big Up Words are excited because The Teapoets Cafe is returning September 10th.

Co founder Cat Randle gets very excited. “I look forward to meeting up with all the poet’s and finding out what they’ve done on their summer break.”

Here they are in their own words

Spetember 10th

 

 

 

 

 

To kick off our new season, we look forward to welcoming guest poet Peter Roe, and singer-songwriter Lisa Thorne.

We welcome one and all who enjoy poetry (either as audience or readers). Come along and have some listening fun, and maybe introduce a friend to the joys of the spoken word too. A warm welcome awaits.

Rum’s Eg gallery and cafe are open throughout.

Spoken word open spots may be booked in advance by sending an email to signup1709@teapoet.org.uk and we will keep some in reserve on the door.

About the guest-Peter Roe guest poet

Peter RoePeter Roe was born and raised a ‘Northern Lad’ in Buxton in the Peak District. He has served in the RAF and has worked with computers and emerging technologies in education.
Peter is a poet, writer, film-maker and self confessed Nerd who likes to shatter people’s pre and misconceptions about “Computer Geeks and Anoraks!”
Peter’s poems and stories come out of that bit of the world where technology meets people and have been well received at public readings both in the South West of England and The Netherlands where he was dubbed ‘The Techno-Poet’. As the Millennium ticked over he became embroiled in a Poetry War with his Father and his Siblings… as the words flew it created a schism within the family. ‘The War of The Words’ that followed was a breeding ground for many of his performance pieces.
Forced into early retirement with only a dictionary and a smartphone for company… He remains an eternal optimist and describes himself as “Disabled by Bread… Soft int’ head… Dad of Three… Addicted to Eye Tee… Poet and Writer… App Game Fighter…”
He is constantly rhyming and punning and is currently working on ‘Reunification’ a poetry event with his Brother to be premiered at The Buxton Fringe in 2018.

Musical guest-Lisa Thorne

Lisa Thorne has never looked back since her uncle introduced her to the music of Steeleye Span when she was a child. Working with an intuitive style, she refines songs until they ‘fit’ the images in her mind.
She is particularly interested in the narrative of the voice, using words to pin down a point of that narrative, rather then to express or describe.
“Folk is certainly an influence,” explains Lisa, “as I adore the melody lines, harmonies, and rhythms.” We are delighted to introduce Lisa to the TeaPoet Collective as we feel her songs deserve wider exposure, and we’re sure you will agree.

And finally news about becoming a member of Teapoets 

Teapoet membership card 2017-2018 (4)

 

 

 

 

 

Our membership cards for the next season will be available when we return to Rum’s Eg on Sunday 10th September. For £30 you will get:

  • Admission to 8 TeaPoet Cafes (September to April) for the price of 6
  • Admission for a guest to the above events for half price
  • The opportunity to sell your books etc. on our merchandise table

 

 

 

 

Andover comes alive at The Lights

Come along to The Lights 10 February 2016 to see five professional actors bring alive Andover in the

1960’s, a decade that changed the town for ever.

Based on the memories of local people, And Now We Tell Our Tale was originally written by Roy

Chatfield as a youth theatre piece for fifty-four children and young adults successfully staged last

February. Roy has now rewritten it for five professional actors, and includes additional stories from

the interviews.

The five actors selected are

Nick Bull

Charlotte Ellis

Verity Hewlett

Sharon O’Leary

Fraser Wilson

Director John Baxter is looking forward to working with this enthusiastic and experienced team of

actors. ‘It is an event in itself that we’re bringing professional actors into local schools. That it’s a piece

of theatre about Andover and created wholly in Andover makes it unique.’

In addition to the public performance, the cast will be giving performances and workshops in local

schools.

The Performance begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 (concessions £3), obtainable from The Lights.

There will also be a Q & A session with the cast and team after the performance.

The project is supported by HCC, TVBC, Test Valley Arts Foundation and The Lights.

Glee and Cake fundraiser with open mic at Chapel Arts Studio

Glee & Cake!

Saturday September 12th, 2015 at September fundraiser at Chapel Arts Studio, St Mary’s Cemetary, SP10 1DP from 1pm to 3pm.

MC Dan Hooks will be hosting an afternoon of poetry, music and comedy sketches for all the family. Guests include local poets Bobbie Coelho and Damian O’Vitch; comedy sketches from prize winning young author Isaac Randle,poetry from Ella Simmons and music. Tea and cake included in the ticket price  will be served. We are child friendly and have disabled access at the venue.
Open mic.
Places are limited so we recommend booking early!

You can book via emailing BigUpWords@gmail.com or event brite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glee-and-cake-tickets-12395442101

 

Dan Hooks posing a few questions

Second place in the Andover section: Sharon Vennall

Second place in the Andover section: Sharon Vennall

Sharon Vennall 2nd Andover  prize winner BUW poetry 2014 The Table

Food at the table
Silence.
Not enough to share
Hunger.
United together
Love.

I have been writing poetry since I was about 20, alongside songwriting. I work at The Lights theatre and also perform as the lead vocalist of a Jazz group called JazzInc www.jazzinc.co.uk

I studied music and composition before I came to work at The Lights.

Our last great poetry competition

It’s less than 7 days until our poetry competition closes. One lucky poet is going to win a publishing deal from PNS for 50 books. An luck Andoverian poet is going to win 10 pounds (as in physical pounds not pounds, shilling and pence) worth of books. And they will all be announced at our open mic Celebration of National Poetry day. Then it will be an end of an era.

Don’t leave it too late because that lucky poet could be you. You can enter online here or grab an entry form from the RAW stall. Remember the theme is food in honour of the work Andover Food bank does.

Yes you did read the title, we’ve decided that this is our last poetry competition. So what will we replace it with? That my friends is up to you.